Goal Setting, Productivity, Time Management

Are you easily distracted?  If you need to learn how to spend your time wisely, then continue reading to learn about the importance of time-management skills in the office.

If you don’t manage your time wisely,  you might miss important deadlines, have poor work quality, accumulate unwanted stress, get a poor reputation, and have imbalance in your work (and your life).

Proper time management can help you deliver work on time, produce better quality work, become more productive, have less stress, and grow in your career.

  • Put time aside for specific tasks.  This helps your brain structure your day, allowing you to accomplish more and manage your time better.
  • Prioritize your work, to help you focus on important tasks.  Give full attention to high priority projects.  This will improve your work quality.
  • Giving yourself a schedule and prioritizing your tasks will make you more productive.  A more productive professional leads to career growth.
  • Stress is not good for your productivity or your health.  Time management tasks can reduce stress, which will decrease your sick days at the office.
  • Time management skills at the office will give you more time outside of the office, improving your personal life as well.

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What management often forgets, is that both sides of a company need to give and take.  The leader and the employee need to work together to achieve great results.  Because engaged employees lead to high team performance, a positive company culture is necessary.

Ways to create a high performing team:

Build a diverse team.  Employees from different backgrounds and from diverse cultures provide different points of view, which can greatly benefit a company.

The team comes first.  Instead of putting customers first, make the team the priority.  The company team needs to be well put together in order to please customers.

Provide clear communication.  Team members may miss important tasks or become frustrated if communication is unclear.  Make sure they know what is expected of them.

Create an enjoyable environment.  Work doesn’t have to include boring meetings. Encourage employees to be themselves and to have some fun.

Don’t create a culture of scared team members, worried about breaking rules and never being allowed to think for themselves.  Companies need creativity, innovation, trust, and motivation.  A happy, healthy company culture is what all leaders should be striving for.

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Accountability, Entrepreneurial, Planning, Success

As startups are established, entrepreneurs often struggle for many reasons.  They either push through the challenges and succeed, or quit early on.  Every entrepreneur knows there will be obstacles.  Some of those are anticipated, some are not.  The best way to overcome them is to be prepared.

Here are some challenges startups face:

  1.  Capital:  If entrepreneurs don’t have money to put into office space, products, or marketing, then they’re not going to get very far.
  2. Time:  If entrepreneurs don’t manage their time, everything will be put off and the company will stop growing (or not grow at all).
  3. Comfort Zone:  If entrepreneurs don’t put themselves beyond their comfort zone, they may miss opportunities that will make their startup thrive.
  4. Coach: If entrepreneurs don’t have a coach, they may not have the proper person to lean on when major decisions have to be made.
  5. Marketing:  If entrepreneurs ignore proper marketing channels, sales won’t grow and their startup will not survive.
  6. Plan: If entrepreneurs don’t have a plan in place, they may not be ready for the unexpected, which can cause their startup to go under, quickly.

Entrepreneurs need to be prepared for these challenges, and many others.  The key take-away from this is to plan ahead, have the right people by your side, and be ready for anything that may come your way.

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If you are leading a growing company, you want to deliver desired results and be respected by your team. It is possible to lead a team and maintain a positive environment.  Ideally, you want to become more than just a boss.  You want to become an effective leader.

Tips to become an effective leader:

1 – Don’t keep changing methods.  Find a specific strategy and stick to it.  Constantly changing directions can make a team feel frustrated, never knowing when the next time will come when you’re planning to change things up, again.

2 – Have clear goals.  Make individual and team goals, and make sure you track their progress.  This inspires and motivates your team members.  It also helps you improve your results for future projects.

3 – Educate your team members.  As your company grows, those within the company have to grow too.  Provide training for employees.  Team members often thrive on self-development.  Give them opportunities to consistently improve.

4 – Create a nurturing work environment.  From decorations, to furniture, to music, to break rooms, and more.  A comfortable, well-designed work space can improve team performance, which increases production within your company and makes for a content company culture.

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Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Management, Planning, Productivity, Strategies, Success

Like any other onboarding process, the experience for Interns should be positive and productive.  If your onboarding program is successful, your Inters will feel valued and satisfied, become some of your best full-time employees in the future, and benefit your company in a very big way.

Steps for Success:

1 – FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Interns accept positions months before graduation.  They see your program as an opportunity to grow as a professional.  Begin the onboarding process weeks in advance, giving them time to meet employees, ask questions, and to see your company as a great place to work.

2 – COMPANY CULTURE:  Organize a time with the Intern to come to the company for a visit.  Introduce them to the rest of your staff.  Give them a chance to see the company culture, the business in action, the employees hard at work, and your relationship with the team as a whole.

3 – ALWAYS CLARIFY:  Make sure the Intern knows what he/she is expecting to get out of the internship.  Make sure the manager who works with the Intern knows what he/she is expecting to get from the Intern.  Create a work plan with weekly goals, so there is more than just oral clarification.

4 – BE READY TO LEARN:  There are Interns who may have skills that you do not.  Be prepared to learn.  This will benefit your development and make them feel valued and included.

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business coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Productivity, Strategies, Success, Teamwork

Good communication isn’t just about solving conflicts in the workplace, it’s also about building relationships and building a successful business.

Good communication helps employees feel heard.  Good communication makes information easy and clear to understand.  And good communication makes people better listeners.  All of these lead to higher customer satisfaction, happier employees, and increased revenue.

When employees feel disrespected, or disregarded, there is often tension or conflict that follow.  If there is good communication within the team, employees can express their needs easier.  This leads to increased performance and higher employee engagement.  This also improves connections between team members, leading to a more positive work environment.

Good communication helps create better client relationships.  Communication is different between satisfied and unsatisfied customers.  If employees are trained to communicate effectively, they will be better equipped to handle client relationships.  This leads to happier customers, which also means profits increase.

Good communication helps build a better company culture, increases sales and production, enhances employee engagement, and creates a positive environment for innovation.

Good Communication = Business Success

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Customer Service, Lead Generation, Sales, Success

It’s now Spring, but Summer is right around the corner.  It’s time to start thinking of marketing strategies to boost your business.  You’ll want to keep your customers engaged during the Summer months.

Here are a few strategies to consider:

Remember Holidays:  4th of July, Labor Day, and even Back to School are all great promotional occasions for businesses.  A themed email campaign is a great way to promote special sales or events you’re having.

Think Local:  Sidewalk sales, street fairs, block parties, and festivals are all great Summer events for businesses to sell their products.  Social channels are often used for these kind of events, which gets businesses more followers as well.

Host Your Own Event:  Consider hosting an event for your regular customers. Maybe create a Summer themed party.  And since school is out for the kids, think about doing something especially for families.

Summer Giveaway:  People love free products.  So why not design a Summer themed giveaway package, complete with sunscreen, amusement park tickets, and a gift-card to your business!  This is a great way to get new customers!!

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Communication, Customer Service, Goal Setting, Leadership, Strategies, Success

When you think about customer service, do you usually remember the good experiences, or the bad experiences?  How often do you have really memorable customer service?  Unhappy customers tell their friends about their experiences more than happy customers do.  That’s a lot of lost potential customers!  Your goal should be delivering not just a good or great customer experience to your audience, but an excellent one!

Here are a few things you can do to make every customer interaction excellent:

  1. Give your customers as few steps as possible to get the job done.  Don’t make them go through a ton of steps to get something accomplished.  Reduce their effort as much as possible, or do it for them.  Help them solve their problems.  Don’t make them chase their solutions.
  2. Spend time getting to know your customers.  This not only involves them, but it helps you to improve your products or services based on their likes, dislikes, goals, etc.  Creating a personal experience gives your business opportunities to grow.  It also makes your customers feel valued.
  3. Turn a bad customer service experience into a great customer service recovery.  Listen, ask questions, clarify what went wrong, and then start the process of gaining their trust back.  Don’t just walk away from an unsolved problem.

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Spring cleaning is not just about cleaning and organizing your closets and cars.  It’s also a great opportunity to clean and organize your business.  Spring is on it’s way.  Are you ready to get started?

Here are some ideas:

1 – Since taxes are on your to-do list, why not clean your books.  Get your accounting system organized.  It may be a long process right now, but it will streamline the process for next year, and years to come.

2 – Update and organize your website.  Now is a good time to update your services or products.  Make sure all your links are working.  Make sure all your contact info is correct.  Don’t miss business opportunities because your website is not clean and organized.

3 – If you have a desk-full of papers, or a box-full, get rid of them.  Take some time to scan documents and save them to your computer, or organize them in folders and put them away where you can’t see them.  The less you see, the less anxious you get, and the more productive you become.

4 – Actually clean your office.  Get rid of the clutter.  Purchase tools to organize office supplies.  Create a system that helps you keep track of papers so your desk stays clean.  Surround yourself with inspirational quotes and motivational phrases.  Organize your space so you feel accomplished every day!

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Communication, Management, Planning, Strategies, Success, Teamwork

Managers are often in positions where they face stress on a daily basis.  Stress can be handled in many different ways, and the manner in which they deal with the stress depends on the situation.  And if stress is not handles properly, it can take a mental, emotional, and physical toll on everyone involved.

Here are some ways managers can handle stress in the workplace:

1 – Find out where the stress is coming from.  Is it related to the specific work an employee is doing or is it a conflict among workers?  The manager needs to better understand the source before it can be fixed.

2 – Learn how to deal with the stress.  Should there be some type of training that needs to be given?  Should more work be delegated out?  The manager should decide what steps need to be taken to alleviate the stress levels.

3 – Deal with conflicts calmly.  Removing workers who may be causing an issue is a way to handle the conflict without embarrassing or reprimanding them in front of others.  Give them a chance to explain.  The manager should try to work out a solution that both parties can agree on.

4 – Be organized.  A lack of organization can cause stress before stressful situations even arise.  Prioritize tasks more efficiently.  Many managers need to work alone on their own tasks, so organizing and delegating where possible can help lesson their stress levels.

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